All Things Considered from NPR http://whqr.org en Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://whqr.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:58:00 +0000 editor 58473 at http://whqr.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here' http://whqr.org/post/book-review-angels-make-their-hope-here Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 58475 at http://whqr.org D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital http://whqr.org/post/dc-washingtons-voice-shines-diamond-nations-capital During a recent visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by both his smooth baritone and his curiously apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington into the studio for a conversation and a few songs. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=D.C.+Washington%27s+Voice+Shines+On+The+Diamond+In+Nation%27s+Capital&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDcwNjYzMDEzMTQ4MjA1NThkNjc1Mg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 58467 at http://whqr.org VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://whqr.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjIzNjkwMDEzMTcwNjcxNzNmYmMzMA004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 58468 at http://whqr.org Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version http://whqr.org/post/near-crash-site-stories-jet-cleave-closely-russian-version Following the downing of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, local residents have been talking about the event — but the picture is being distorted by a propaganda campaign in local media. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 58472 at http://whqr.org Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct http://whqr.org/post/newark-police-placed-under-federal-microscope-rampant-misconduct After a lengthy investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has found that the Newark Police Department, the largest in New Jersey, has frequently violated residents' civil rights and engaged in unreasonable use of force. Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC reports that the department will be placed under federal oversight. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 58452 at http://whqr.org A Spicy Take On An Old Standby: This Ketchup's Ripe For Return http://whqr.org/post/spicy-take-old-standby-ketchups-ripe-return When life gives you tomatoes, make ketchup. With those fruits of the vine in high season, <em>All Things Considered</em> reaches into the archives for an heirloom tomato ketchup recipe, which produces a spicy sauce you'll likely not to find anywhere else. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=A+Spicy+Take+On+An+Old+Standby%3A+This+Ketchup%27s+Ripe+For+Return&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyOTk4OTc0MDEyNzcxNDIzMTZjM2E3Zg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 58465 at http://whqr.org The Polish Case For Tougher Russia Sanctions http://whqr.org/post/polish-case-tougher-russia-sanctions In the wake of the Malaysian airliner's downing, many Europeans are now calling for tougher sanctions against Russia. Among them is Radek Sikorski, Poland's foreign minister, who explains to Robert Siegel why the West should ratchet up sanctions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 58466 at http://whqr.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://whqr.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58413 at http://whqr.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://whqr.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 58410 at http://whqr.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest